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About kenlove

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  1. i would agree with most of your assessment but overall the popular chefs are very aware. Ed Kenny at Town did have gluten-free options on the menu. Mavro's will fix something special given advance notice but its expensive. excellent but very expensive. Alan Wong is very aware and will have his staff prepare something as well. We did find many options at both Oahu whole foods -- mostly with tofu. the only thing there is to be aware of cross contamination with things next to it. they make a great gluten-free southwestern tofo dish which is great but not if its sitting next to anything with gluten. Its not whole foods but people use the smae spoons and tongs i found more at down to earth in peal city than by University ave
  2. Hi, I'm in KOna but my kaiser doctor just retired who was pretty good about it. I dont know of a specialist here but most of hte kaiser docs wil test you if thats when you need to talk to them about. good luck
  3. My wife has been using Bob's and another one we get in hawaii which she is out of. Sorry I cant remember the name but if its 100% almond then no problem. Im highly sensitive to gluten and never had problems. Oh its the King Arther almond flour which she likes best.
  4. have a great trip!
  5. Any time, Have a great trip
  6. plain coffee is no problem, There are reports of some flavored coffee not being.
  7. Greetings from Kona, There are a plethora of restaurants that offer gluten free and vegan / vegetarian options here especially if you let them know ahead of time. Under the Bhodi tree with Chef Steve Rouelle located in the shops at mana lani is excellent. Most of the hotels all have options as well. My son, Rob Love, is the chef at Copper Bar at Mauna Kea Beach Resort and can fix you up as he does me -- (Or I write him out of the will (^_^)) Four Seasons does a great job as well when they know in advance. By me there is a place called Local Wraps which has some gluten-free & Vegan options too. The BBQ jackfruit (without the tortillas) is amazing. Red Water Cafe, Merrimans are also well versed in gluten-free options, but like to know in advance. If you just stop in they will have something but if they know in advance it will be something special and not just a gluten-free pasta thing. Island Naturals grocery store has a fair number of items but choice mart, the store I use has a greta selection for a small local market. Safeway and Foodland and KTA, the large groceries, dont have too much. No gluten-free bagels or breads there but the others do have them. My wife and others bake gluten-free items for the SAturday Farmers market in Keauhou so if you let me know when you'll be there ill make sure she has a good selection. ( I get the leftovers!) On Maui, there is Mana Foods and a great Whole Foods near the airport so its no problem to find things there. The hotels and restaurants have some but not as much as in Kona. Let me know if you have any questions or if you want to try weird fruit while your here. I'm the director of the state fruit growers group and past president of the ACF Chefs in Hawaii. HAve a great trip Ken
  8. Not sure if this was posted before but just came across it. A list of the Bobs Redmill gluten-free products.
  9. Anyone try this gluten-free coffee flour?
  10. most of the hotels in Abu Dhabi and Dubai have gluten free baked goods. Amazing buffets with large selection of gluten-free foods. I visited a number of hotel kitchens that had gluten-free sections. Some great operations and meals.
  11. Anyone have experience with this?
  12. Having lived in Barcelona and worked in Milan and Parma, Ive found the many of the good restaurants are using different type of original wheats like Einkorn and Ferro and different French wheats whos names I forget. Some new hybrid wheats can have 14 times the amount of gliaden protein than these non hybrid wheats. IN japan they even have 2 names for wheats -- Komugi and merikenko (American powder)
  13. i would tend to agree with your mom and that comes from more than 30 years in and out of Japan. the quality of the produce, meat and fish tends to be much better than the US becsaue it gets to market much faster and becasue there is a demand for quality above the demand for low price. As it was pointed out, this has nothing to do with gluten. There are alot of things you can eat in just about any restaurant but there are things to learn like onigiri -- rice balls, are seemingly innocent but 90% of htem contain wheat starch. most larger grocery stores and department store basements you can get gluten free soy sauce. --- most chefs still assume that soy sauce is soy so never take anyones word for it when it comes to soy sauce. Of al the mixed salads at family mart, 7-11 and lawsons only the gobo salad was safe. good luck
  14. A lot of teas in Japanese American restaurants are called green tea but in reality are other teas like gen mai cha or mugi cha. In both those cases the teas contain barley and can cause glutening -- at least in me. Real 100% green tea does not but often restaurants don't know the difference. Ask to see the box the bags came in if they are not sure or in doubt.